The Best Air Jordan 14 Colorways Ever

  • Air Jordan 14 Oxidized Green
    10. "Oxidized Green"

    Just look at that shield logo painted in oxidized green and try to tell me this 1999 sneaker–which, by the way, hasn’t released in the 16 years since–doesn’t deserve a spot on this list.

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  • Air Jordan 14 Light Graphite
    9. "Light Graphite/Chartreuse-Black"

    Another unique sampling of this iconic silo, I’m not sure who at JB decided to take this route, but I have to thank them for the end result. The graphite upper. The all-black sole unit. The accenting. That inner lining that feels like a pillow. Just amazing. These always reminded me of the “Green Bean” V, a sneaker I disliked at first before falling in love with. It’s the same way with this one.

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  • Air Jordan 14 Low Ginger
    8. "Ginger"

    Just as the “Ginger” colorway utilized on the Air Jordan XVI is regularly considered one of Jordan’s most underrated sneakers ever, the low-top XIV bearing the same color scheme doesn’t get the love it deserves. If this shoe released in 2015, I guarantee people would eat it up. Ginger durabuck side panels and an all-white toebox help this one shine.

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  • Air Jordan 14 Ferrari
    7. "Ferrari"

    Despite taking so much of its design inspiration from this particular sports car, the Jordan Brand actually waited a long time to bless us with this colorway. When it did finally drop last year, people went crazy. I don’t think the quality was quite as good as it could’ve been, but the all-red upper is still fire.

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  • Air Jordan 14 White Red Black
    6. "White/Black-Varsity Red"

    First released just days before Jordan announced his second retirement from basketball in January of 1999–it was actually the first colorway to release after the “Black Toe”–these joints were built as a sort of home colorway for Michael Jordan. With candy cane-colored teeth, and beautiful perforated ribbing on the upper, I wish we could’ve seen Jordan play in these with the Bulls.

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  • Air Jordan 14 Indiglo
    5. "Indiglo"

    One of the more unique-looking XIVs you’ll ever see is this 1999 release that sported an Indiglo accent color that perfectly complemented the varying shades of black along the upper. It’s not often that you see green work to perfection on an Air Jordan, and it’s even more rare to see a shoe go with a black look and a white sole.

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  • Air Jordan 14 Nubuck
    4. "University Blue"

    I still remember copping these during my freshman year of college. These dropped during the holiday break, so when everyone came back for the spring semester, the XIVs were EVERYWHERE. I vividly remember rolling to a high school basketball tournament and feeling like I was seeing them on everyone. You could have absolutely no style at all and you still couldn’t mess these up.

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  • Air Jordan 14 Low
    3. "Laney"

    The sneaker set to make a comeback this weekend is this classic low-top from the late ’90s. Having earned the Laney nickname by using the color scheme of MJ’s high school, this is just a beautiful silhouette. The varsity royal side panels. The black toebox. The white teeth against it.

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  • 2. "Black Toe"

    One of the more noteworthy aesthetic components of the XIV are the teeth around the toebox, and on no single colorway did they stand out more than on the “Black Toe.” The first XIV to ever release to the public, this sneaker had a clean white upper and a black suede toe. Every time I see this one, I can’t help but think of a panther’s paw.

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  • Air Jordan 14
    1. "Last Shot"

    C’mon, did you really expect anything else to hold down the top spot? The sneaker Michael Jordan wore during his final game in a Bulls uniform earned the “Last Shot” nickname after Mike canned a jumper to clinch a sixth championship for the Chicago Bulls in the 1998 NBA Finals.

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  • Air Jordan 14 Oxidized Green
  • Air Jordan 14 Light Graphite
  • Air Jordan 14 Low Ginger
  • Air Jordan 14 Ferrari
  • Air Jordan 14 White Red Black
  • Air Jordan 14 Indiglo
  • Air Jordan 14 Nubuck
  • Air Jordan 14 Low
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One of the greatest and most memorable Air Jordan silhouettes ever made, the XIV holds a special place in the heart of many sneakerheads. You see, even hardened Michael Jordan collectors can admit the signature line started to fall off after this sneaker. Before the XIV? Everything’s classic. Yet after you had sneakers like the XV, XIX, and XX1. All forgettable. The Air Jordan XIV represented the end of the golden era, for both sneaker and player.

Jordan went out in the only way possible, making his final shot to win a championship in the 1998 NBA Finals against John Stockton, Karl Malone, Jerry Sloan, and the Utah Jazz. On his feet was the sneaker that came to be known as the “Last Shot” Air Jordan XIV, a shoe Mike had first unveiled earlier in the series. Fans cherished the XIV immediately, despite the fact that Jordan had played just three games in them. They were versatile and sleek, and you could wear them with either pants or shorts. They were also great performance sneakers–many NBA players still play in them–and you can make the argument no Jordan ever looked better as a low-top. Coming up this Saturday at Champs Sports will be one of those beloved Air Jordan XIV Lows, the “Laney colorway, dropping with a blue upper, black toebox, and yellow accenting.

Inspired by the Ferrari F355F1 and featuring an iconic logo shield paying homage to Ferrariā€™s jousting black and yellow horse, the XIV has seen a number of amazing releases over the years. But these are the Best Air Jordan 14 Colorways Ever.

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